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Bridging the Modeling Knowledge Gap

Civil and environmental engineering — as a profession — is becoming increasingly computer based. A drainage engineer cannot easily conjure a physical model of a 100-year storm, even in the best equipped laboratory. Also, use of this “physical model” for evaluating a suite of project alternatives to inform final design would be next to impossible under time and budget constraints.

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Getting the Gunk Out of Wastewater Treatment Plants

Located in the heart of central Texas is the growing City of Killeen. Lured by cheap land and a strong economy, people moving in from other states could drive population up 36% over the next two decades to nearly 200,000.

The Bell County Water Control Improvement District No. 1 treats sewage generated by this growing population via two plants: a 21 mgd central plant and a 6 mgd south plant (maximum capacities). Both were meant to treat primarily residential sewage, but as the city’s southern corridor grew so have the number of restaurants.

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